The Indy 500 is just over a week away but odds are on the board at the online sportsbook.
You might be able to get some better value at the sportsbook if you bet the race before Saturday’s qualifying. The first 24 spots are set on Saturday in Indy 500 qualifying with the rest of the field set on Sunday.
Pole Qualifying on Saturday
Saturday is the day where the first 24 spots are determined with the fastest driver getting the pole. Qualifying starts early on Saturday and concludes at 4 pm Eastern. The fastest nine qualifiers then come back at 4:30 pm to see if they can improve their previous time.
Bump Day on Sunday
One of the most exciting days for the Indy 500 other than the race it is Bump Day. That is when drivers get bumped out of the field. What happens on Sunday is that drivers qualify for the race by bumping another driver out of the field based on time. There are no provisional qualifying spots so drivers have to make the field on time. With a lot of drivers in the running for spots in this year’s race it looks like as many as seven drivers could miss out after Bump Day is over.
Indy 500 on May 29th
The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday, May 29th. The favorites to win the race are Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon who have odds of 3.5-1 at the online sportsbook. Ryan Briscoe is the third choice at 5-1. Helio Castroneves is next at 5.5-1 while Will Power is 6.5-1 at Sbgglobal. All of the other drivers are listed with double-digit odds at the sportsbook. If one of the top five drivers doesn’t win the Indy 500 it would be a surprise. Following the top five in the odds are Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick is 12-1. Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan are 18-1. Paul Tracy, Graham Rahl and Ed Carpenter are 25-1. Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter Reay are 30-1. Alex Tagliani and John Andretti are 35-1. Oriol Servia and Vitor Meira are each 45-1. Tomas Scheckter is 50-1 and Bruno Junqueira is 60-1. The field is listed at 13-1 at the online sportsbook.